Dartmoor National Park is celebrating the moor’s incredible archaeology and history with a special heritage festival where people can delve deeper into Dartmoor’s past.
From 11 – 25 July the festival of walks and talks will cover a range of topics from fascinating finds to farming, and medieval to military history.
Online talks are led by speakers who want to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for life on Dartmoor through the ages. They include National Park Archaeologists Andy Crabb and Lee Bray, Dartmoor farmer and Authority member Naomi Oakley, Dartmoor Trust Chairman Tony Clark OBE and medieval historian Dr David Stone.
Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Outreach and Interpretation Officer Andy Bailey said:
“We’ve got a great programme of events which will give everyone a chance to uncover the lives of our moorland ancestors and the landscape’s rich cultural heritage. The heritage festival is the latest in a series of events we’ve put on throughout the pandemic so we can still bring Dartmoor to people when they’ve been unable to visit.
“We’ve had brilliant feedback for what we’ve been doing, and we’re keen that, as restrictions ease, we add in-person events too. So we’re thrilled to be able to organise some guided walks – advance booking required – and we’d encourage people to book early as places will fill quickly! If you cannot make a walk, then we’ve got a great selection of online talks to choose from. We’re grateful to all our speakers for offering their time.”
The National Park Visitor Centres at Haytor, Princetown and Postbridge are open and selling a range of local goods and gifts. Each one is accredited with the official ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark from Visit England recognising they’re safe to visit and follow government guidance.
The festival may provide people with inspiration and ideas for where to go and what to look out for. The National Park continues to urge everyone to ‘leave no trace, give nature space’ when they visit. It’s thanks to the co-operation of those who live, work and visit the landscape that it’s able to remain a special place for people and wildlife.
Visit the website for all the information and to book.